valentine’s DIY | xoxo paper

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black and white valentines style with vibrant floralsWatercolors are the easiest thing to pick up and make a simple pattern with. I bought a new set for my daughter, and soon found myself convincing her we should spend more time painting because I enjoyed it so much. So, while I still paint her requested horses (favorite animal) I now work on a few patterns of my own. My first project was this black and white valentine’s diy : xoxo paper.

I bought a few large sheets of both white and black paper (sold at the campus store of our local college, actually) and picked up some gouache paint so I could create the white on black pattern. Over the course of our next few painting dates, I worked on my pattern as she created her own and stopped more often than not to stir the water dish. It’s always the little things that captivate their attention.

black and white valentines style with vibrant florals

I used the paper I made for a recent Valentine’s shoot I’ll be sharing soon. It’s perfect for making cards, wrapping around gifts and decorating a table with… and did I mention watercolors are relaxing? I think so – hope you find renewed purpose when you are painting with your kids, or a reason to step away from the screens and do something with your hands – enjoy!

black and white valentines style with vibrant florals

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